Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Toronto Black Film Festival Announces Its Lineup

Second Annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF)
February 11th – 16th
Oprah’s best fella’s coming to town as part of the second annual Toronto Black Film Festival.  Stedman Graham is among the dignitaries attending the celebration of the black diaspora and its roster of 33 international films. The festival coincides with Black History Month and offers not just films, but community programs and special events on the black diaspora.  Festival founder and leader Fabienne Colas noted the significance of this year’s edition in a morning news conference:

“The year 2014 is a symbolic year for us, commemorating several ground-breaking anniversaries such as; 210 years of Haitian Independence, 20 years of the Rwandan Genocide; 20 years since Mandela was elected president of South Africa, and 5 years since Barack Obama became the first black American president. TBFF is proud to dedicate the festival to the memory of the legendary leader Nelson Mandela, and to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa!”
Stedman Graham "The Nine-Step Plan for Success"


Graham, an entrepreneur, educator, speaker and New-York Times bestselling author, will host a master conference, The Nine-Step Plan for Success on February 13 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available for $149 and VIP $249.  
The Forgotten Kingdom

Thirty three international films are on tap at the Isabel Bader Theatre, TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Carlton Cinema in Toronto.  The festival opens with Andrew Mudge’ award winning drama The Forgotten Kingdom Lesotho’s first feature, about love, death, memory and hope.   Nine films pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and twenty years of freedom in South Africa.  
The Retrieval

The TBFF closes with the American film, Chris Eska’s The Retrieval which won Best Narrative Feature at the Montreal International Black Film Festival in 2013.  It tells the stirring story of a slave boy sent to bring a fugitive to justice in the end days of the Civil War.
Robert Hillary King 

Activist, author and former Black Panther Robert Hillary King, who spent 32 years in Louisiana’s Angola Prison, will be present for a Q&A at the Carlton Cinema Sunday the 16th at 3p.m.  following a screening of the documentary Hard Time. 

Other events include:

·        Lorraine Klaasen – Celebrate South Africa Concert featuring the music of Miriam Makeba at the Al Green Theatre,  Saturday, February 15, 2014 – 9PM - $30.

·        Tribute To Nelson Mandela at the Carlton Cinema - Sunday, February 16, 2014 – 7 PM - $10.  

·        Banished by Sharon Cort; King Of Hearts by Mandy Jacobson; Mandela, A Royal Revolutionary by Nhlanhla Mthethwa and Beverley Palesa Ditsie’s Release Mandela.

·        Fanie Fourie’s Lobola -Henk Pretrorius - South Africa| 2013 | 6’ | English, IsiZulu, Afrikaans

·        Layla Fourie -Pia Marais - Germany, South Africa, France, Netherlands | 2013 | 105’| English

·        Angels In Exile - Billy Raftery - South Africa|2013 | 74’ | English, Zulu| Narrated by Charlize Theron

·        Release - Sofia De Fay - South Africa| 2013 | 18’| Zulu with English subtitles

For more information go to www.torontoblackfilm.com.



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